INGRID PARTNERSHIP: AN INTRODUCTION TO HYDROGENICS
Description: Incorporated in 1995, Hydrogenics Corporation is a publicly listed company on the NASDAQ and the TSX since 2001. Initially the three Canadian founders wanted to build a fuel cell company, but were unable to find any component suppliers back in the early 90’s. Hence, they refocused on FC test equipment instead. After the successful IPO the company invested in FC capability, later divested the equipment activity and acquired the electrolyser business of Stewards and Vandenborre in Belgium. Hydrogenics is a worldwide leader designing, manufacturing, and installing hydrogen systems around the globe.
It offers world leading expertise for a wide range of products and applications, including: PEM (proton exchange membrane) and alkaline electrolyser hydrogen generators for
• hydrogen generation for industrial processes;
• hydrogen generation for fueling stations;
• hydrogen energy storage and transportation.
Hydrogenics is pioneering “Power-to-Gas”, the world’s most innovative way to store and transport energy; hydrogen fuel cell power generators for
• transportation such as urban transit buses, commercial fleets and utility vehicles;
• large and small stationary applications such as backup power for hospitals, emergency services, data centers, corporate and production facilities, telecommunication and small commercial buildings;
• free standing electrical power plants and UPS (uninterruptible power supply) systems.
The INGRID project offered Hydrogenics the opportunity to upscale its pressurized alkaline technology by a factor of 2.5, getting this technology ready for grid-scale energy storage applications. Additionally the integration into multiple renewable hydrogen applications is a very valuable learning process. And lastly it gave Hydrogenics the exposure to the Italian renewable energy landscape and stakeholders. Within the INGRID project Hydrogenics is responsible for the hydrogen generation technology as well as the re-electrification or fuel-cell technology. Next to the solid hydrogen storage technology from McPhy, Hydrogenics technology takes up a central role in the INGRID project.